Because this is the other side of it: all the hardships I’ve endured are worth it for these fleeting moments of brilliance. They’re usually small victories, mundane even. Rare is the moment when I got an offer of representation from an agent or a call from said agent that my book sold. Sprinkled in between are simpler moments that make my life and my passion rewarding in an everyday kind of way:
- Waking up extra early in the morning and getting a good page of writing done: a perfect start to the day.
- The spark of an idea, followed by the realization of it.
- A breakthrough in revision, or in a character’s psyche.
- A story that surprises me.
- Getting positive feedback from my writer’s group.
- Getting constructive feedback and realizing I can make the story better.
There are also small, but less mundane moments:
- The moment I signed my book contract.
- The moment I opened the pdf of my book cover.
- The moment when I realized someone who isn’t related to me pre-ordered my book, simply because it interests them.
There will be huge moments:
- The day Chasing the Sun is published.
- The day I have a reading.
But see what happens to that list? It shrinks as you go further down. And what I’m starting to figure out is we can’t define success simply by the rare highlights of our lives. The real meaning—the kind that lasts after the first book’s been released and the signing parties have come and gone and the dream has “come true”—lies in celebrating the happiness in the mundane.
We need those small triumphs to help us build up to the big ones. And we need to savor them because they’re really not so small, after all.
What small triumphs do you celebrate?
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